The numbers of jobs that can be fully or partially performed online is increasing, especially for various kinds of skilled labor. Many of these jobs can become or are work at home opportunities.
Finding online jobs can be facilitated by search engines like Google. If you know the names or website addresses of various online job boards, these will often have their own on-site search option, some in tandem with Google. Or on Google itself, one can search for key terms related to one’s online job goal, but it may not be immediately obvious at first what the best way is to search, especially for work at home opportunities.
For one thing, there are perhaps too many options given in a search, perhaps with few applicable or ideal gems in the big bunch. For another, job search terms may be ambiguous, applying to more than one field.
And probably more importantly, there are a lot of scams out there, or business opportunities that are within the search ball park, but just undesirable or inappropriate for one reason or another. If you are looking for at home opportunities, on-site opportunities may come into the mix… and conversely if you are looking to commute to a business.
A few principles may help narrow the search.
1. Be as specific as possible. Type a few more words relevant into the search engine. If no results appear, try chopping less important words or using synonyms.
Of course if you are looking for an online job at or from a local business, you may include geographical specification such as, “part time automobile parts copywriter job in Toledo, Ohio area.” Or if you are looking for freelance work as opposed to full time employment, try including the term, “freelance.”
2. Prefer the jargon of the field. Prefer “quality assurance tester for computer games” before “game tester.” Try common abbreviations instead of the words spelled out (e.g., QA for “quality assurance.”) or the words spelled out instead of by abbreviation.
3. Use a thesaurus or dictionary… online or off. Try typing in words you think of and then using MS Word’s or Open Office’s thesaurus functions to come up with synonyms or related terms for your searches.
4. Use quotation marks. In Google, this narrows the search to results displaying all the words you typed, preferring the order in which you typed them, if possible starting with no words in between.
5. Use “+” and “-” (plus and minus) symbols between words. The plus sign asks Google to look only for results that include both the term following the plus sign and the one before it. The minus sign results include the term before the minus sign, but exclude results that have the term following the minus sign. One can incorporate both plus and minus signs with words in quotation marks.
For example, one might want to look for “online illustrator jobs” -cartoons… or “online call center jobs” +”retail shopping”.
6. Use advanced search options when on a job board. This may help narrow the results to more relevant ones.